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15:00—17:00 BST
Thu 18 Jul 2019

What is Data?


Unpicking whether we understand what data is, does and can do

Data powers everything we do, how we work, what we're sold, how we're treated, where we go, what we learn and how decisions are being made about the future. But what actually is it? And what isn't it?

The DRIVA arts DRIVA project is unlocking sets of unique, real-time big data and helping tech innovators to build from it and arts practitioners to create experiences from it.

In this free event, expert panelists will talk about what data means to them, how they use it and what the implications are. From corporate global monitoring, to performing arts to the design of public services and more - what is the difference between data and insight, and who should we trust with it?

This is a discussion session and debate, so bring your ideas and your questions - no matter how big or small.

Also hear from University of Brighton experts and other project partners about how DRIVA arts DRIVA can help you open up unprecedented opportunities.


Genevieve Smith Nunes - Founder, DataDrivenDance and Ready Salted Code

Genevieve Smith-Nunes is a lecturer at the University of Roehampton in the faculties of Education and Media, Culture & Language. Her research combines performing arts, visual arts and computing education.

Genevieve’s current project is 'DataDrivenDance' using biometric sensors, including EEG data, for feedback and controlling physical computing. In a recent three-part ballet, the performance choreography derives its movements and concepts from computer science theory. The programme includes data visualisation, images influenced and triggered by data from the dancers, wearable technology and choreography.

Dale Roberts, Senior Manager, Rackspace / Author / Columnist

Dale advises some of the worlds largest companies on their cloud strategy and their use of data for social and digital insight. He was formerly VP of Professional services for Clarabridge, a founder of Artesian Solutions an innovator in social CRM and head of services for the analytics giant Cognos.

His first book, Decision Sourcing, is an inspiring commentary on the impact of social on corporate decision making. His latest, World of Workcraft, is a timely piece on engagement, motivation and digital humanism in the workplace

Dale was voted one of the top thought leaders in big data and analytics by Analytics Week and is a contributor to business and technology publications including Wired and ClickZ and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Rackspace is a US managed cloud computing company based in San Antonio providing unbiased expertise on cloud, applications, security and data. Clarabridge is a US software company based in Washington offering software as a service products for sentiment analysis and text analytics to automatically collect, categorise and report on structured and unstructured data.

Katherine Courtney - former CEO, UK Space Agency / Founder, SpaceSouth

Katherine Courtney provides Board level strategic advice, helping innovative tech businesses start strong and scale. She’s the founder of SpaceSouth – an initiative to grow the South Coast space economy – and PrimarySpace – building STEM engagement for primary schools.

In Katherine’s early career, she developed new ventures for C&W, BT and a series of international start-ups. She then led several landmark tech-enabled UK Government programmes. She’s a former CEO of the UK Space Agency, where she opened the UK market to commercial Satellite launch and led €1.4bn investment in collaborative European space missions.

What is DRIVA arts DRIVA?

DRIVA (Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator) is a £1.3m University of Brighton research project funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and Arts Council England that aims to provide technology SMEs, creative arts practitioners and cultural organisations unprecedented access to Gatwick Airport’s big data.

We believe that the super-fusion of data-driven innovation and creative practice with access to artistic and scientific expertise can drive economic productivity, community impact and place-making in our region.

By unlocking the commercial, creative, social and/ or critical, value of data of from Gatwick Airport, and generating insights into the 50 million people who depart and arrive on our doorstep each year, we can accelerate the development of an untold range of new data-driven products, services, artworks and experiences.

Over the next two years, we’ll be providing free, intensive support, access to facilities, resources and expertise alongside cash awards to bring together hundreds of creative and technology organisations and practitioners to make the most of data as both material and currency.

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